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Patriots 34, Texans 16: Game notes

Patriots 34, Texans 16: Game notes

FOXBORO -- Notes from the Patriots' 34-16 Divisional Round playoff victory over the Texans, courtesy of the Pats' P.R. department:

PATRIOTS 34, TEXANS 16

TEAM NOTES
Sweet Six: The Patriots advanced to their sixth straight AFC Championship Game, setting an NFL record for consecutive conference championship appearances. They had been tied with the 1973-77 Raiders at five.

Lucky Thirteen? This will be the Patriots' 13th appearance in the conference championship game. They are 8-4 in their previous 12 games, including 5-1 in Foxboro and 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.

Top Five: The Patriots have now won 30 postseason games, one of only five teams in NFL history to do so. The others are the Steelers (35), Cowboys (34), Packers (33) and 49ers (30).

Record Advancement: The Patriots have now won at least one postseason game in six consecutive seasons, tying the 1991-96 Cowboys for most consecutive years advancing in the playoffs.

Home cooking: The Patriots are now 19-4 (.826) in home playoff games, the second-best home playoff record in NFL history among teams that have played at least 10 home playoffs. (Seattle is first at 12-2, .857.) The Pats are 15-3 in playoff games at Gillette Stadium.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Passing Landry: Bill Belichick will coach his 11th conference championship game next week, most in NFL history. He had been tied with legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry at 10.

Approaching Landry . . . and Shula: Landry and ex-Colts/Dolphins coach Don Shula share the NFL record for most postseason games coaches at 36. Belichick now has coached in 34, and will tie them if the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.

He's Number One: Brady will play in his 11th conference championship next week, most in NFL history. He had been tied with ex-Raiders Gene Upshaw and George Blanda at 10.

He's Tied At Number One: Brady played in his 13th Divisional Round playoff game, tying Jerry Rice for the NFL record for most appearances in the Divisional Round.

Catching History: With eight catches (for 137 yards), Julian Edelman (76) passed Wes Welker (69) to become the Patriots' all-time leader in playoff receptions. He also moved into second on the Patriots list with 819 receiving yards in the postseason, 33 yards behind the all-time leader Deion Branch (852).

Moving up: Edelman passed Art Monk (69), Anquan Boldin (70), Fred Biletnikoff (70) and Cliff Branch (73) to move into a tie for seventh place with Thurman Thomas on the all-time postseason reception list in NFL history.

Third time's the charm: Edelman had his third 100-yard postseason game.

Making his points: Stephen Gostkowski's 10 points in Saturday night's game gives him 142 career postseason points, good for fourth place on the all-time NFL list. He had been tied with Rice at 132.

A first: As noted elsewhere, Dion Lewis is the first player in NFL postseason history to have a rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return for a touchdown in a single game.

Another first: Lewis became the first player in Patriots history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a postseason game.

 

Why the Patriots are off to a slow start; Chris Gronkowski says Rob is 'super frustrated'

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Why the Patriots are off to a slow start; Chris Gronkowski says Rob is 'super frustrated'

1:28 - Ben Volin joins Michael Holley and Tom Giles on Boston Sports Tonight to give his 3 reasons for the Patriots slow start including Belichick decimating the team’s depth as general manager and Tom Brady missing offseason workouts. 

6:39 - Rob Gronkowski’s brother Chris went on WEEI and bashed the Patriots wide receivers and said he thinks Rob is “super frustrated”. On Early Edition, Tom E. Curran breaks down what this could mean for Gronk, Belichick and the Patriots moving forward.

10:42 - New NBC Sports Boston addition Chris Forsberg talks with Giles and Holley about the Celtics first training camp scrimmage and the progress of Gordon Hayward’s comeback.

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Is Sony Michel the key to the Patriots beating the Dolphins on Sunday?

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Is Sony Michel the key to the Patriots beating the Dolphins on Sunday?

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Tom E. Curran, Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry discuss the tough start for the Patriots, and break down what they need to do on both sides of the ball to improve.

(1:00) Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry break down what they saw go wrong for the Patriots defense against the Lions.

(4:30) Why did the Patriots struggle with defending the run so much?

(11:00) Is there anything personnel wise the Patriots defense can do to improve?

(13:30) What’s going on with the Patriots offense? how can they improve?

(16:00) Jerod explains why he has faith the Patriots are going to be ok

(20:00) What should we make of Rob Gronkowski’s brother saying Gronk is frustrated by being double covered?

(27:00) Is Sony Michel the key to the Patriots beating the Dolphins on Sunday?

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